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Published: 16 December 2016
Reviewed: 9 January 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Bookouture

 

Description:

The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die?Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.

My Thoughts & Review:

After devouring Louise Jensen’s debut novel The Sister I couldn’t barely contain my excitement when it was announced that The Gift was due to be published at the end of 2016.  Louise has fast become a firm favourite with many readers and bloggers for obvious reason, she writes amazingly good novels that push a reader to think outside the box, consider the unthinkable and plunges them through the rabbit hole into a world of dark intrigue.

As far as psychological thrillers go, this one has to sit right there up on a pedestal.  Not only is is taut and gripping, the plot itself is clever and intricately woven so that the reader is helplessly dragged in and held captive.  The concept of organ donation and cellular memory is fascinating and to see it written with so much detail made for an incredibly gripping read, and whilst I am aware this is a work of fiction I really want to go on to find out more about cellular memory based on what I read here.

Jensen has proved herself as a skilled and able writer, her flowing style of writing works so well here, the intensity builds slowly but is almost claustrophobic at times.  Cleverly weaving events and details from both the past and present gives the reader the feeling they know what has happened and can almost predict where things might be going….wrong!  There are twists and red herrings aplenty here to keep the reader on their toes and shrewdly keep them reading on at a frantic pace to find out just where it will all end up.

Characterisation is excellent, the contrast between the likeable and unlikeable characters adds to the engaging and thrilling edge of this novel.  The emotional rollercoaster that Jensen sets in motion for her characters and readers is immense, I really felt that I’d “been put through the wringer” with this one – superb writing!!

This is a book that would be amazing to see on “the big screen”, it screams blockbuster to me!

You can buy a copy of The Gift here.

 

About the Author:

Louise is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat.

Louise’s first two novels, The Sister and the Gift, were both No.1 Bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to ten countries. The Sister was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016. Louise is currently writing her third psychological thriller.

Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

 

 

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The Sister

Author: Louise Jensen
Published: 7 July 2016
Reviewed: 17 May 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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  5 out of 5 Stars

 



Description:  


“I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?

You can buy a copy of The Sister here.

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